A huge THANK YOU! is in order for our fans and friends who have supported Phoenix Chorale through our first season and a half since our founding in 2014. Your enthusiasm has helped propel us through two fundraising concerts, one for Preble Street last spring and one for Good Shepherd Food Bank this past November. Both concerts were rousing successes, raising a substantial amount of donations for each organization. In addition, we sang at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast last January and will do so again this year. Plus, we sang one Sunday in May at St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church in Scarborough and, later that same day, at The Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland.
We are also thrilled to report that in the fall of 2015, we incorporated the chorale as a non-profit, then applied for and received our 501(c)(3) approval from the IRS! This means that your donations to us are now tax deductible.
Looking ahead, we will be singing in just a few weeks at this year’s Martin Luther King dinner. Look for a blog posting about that very soon. Then in April, we will be holding a fundraising concert for the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), which provides free and low-cost legal assistance to immigrants dealing with the immigration process. Many of these people are fleeing circumstances in their countries so awful it is no longer safe to remain in their homelands. ILAP’s assistance programs mean that when they arrive here in Maine, legal assistance is readily available.